Why I Never Had a Spinal Fusion: A Retrospective, 10 Years Later

Why I Never Had a Spinal Fusion: A Retrospective, 10 Years Later

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Why I Never Had a Spinal Fusion: A Retrospective, 10 Years Later

The first and last time I consulted an orthopedic surgeon, I was told I had a 50-50 chance of surviving a spinal fusion. “Her lung capacity is 24% at its highest,” the surgeon told my parents. Their faces fell. I could sense their apprehension. “Of course, if we don’t operate on your daughter, her kyphoscoliosis will eventually compress her lungs, and her life span will be much shorter. But I don’t know what will happen…

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